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Advocates pleased with disability services gains in Legislature

June 4, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009 By EMILY RAMSHAW / The Dallas Morning News Advocates pleased with disability services gains in Legislature AUSTIN – Faced with dangerous conditions inside Texas’ institutions for the mentally disabled and a massive waiting list for community-based care, lawmakers didn’t pick sides – they improved both. They did it under pressure: from…

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Community care best

May 30, 2009

Sat, May 30, 2009 Dallas Morning News Letter to the Editor Community care best The national trend is to close costly institutions and invest in community services for people with developmental or mental disabilities. However, some states are doing the opposite. In Texas, $112 million is now being spent to reform state schools instead of…

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Warehousing of People with Disabilities is a Moral Offense

May 18, 2009

Courier Post Online May 18, 2009 Warehousing of People with Disabilities is a Moral Offense On February 9, 1989, Robert Stack, President and CEO founded Community Options, Inc. around his kitchen table in Bordentown, NJ. Community Options is a nonprofit organization that develops housing and employment supports for people with disabilities. Community Options is considered…

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State must shut developmental centers

May 1, 2009

COMMENTARY FRIDAY MAY 1,2009 ASBURY PARK PRESS By ROBERT STACK State must shut developmental centers Bernard Krakosky is a state employee. He owns his own condominium in Mercer County. At one time, he lived in a state institution. He is an example of what a person with a disability can accomplish given the opportunity. He…

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Small homes best

March 19, 2009

Small homes best March 19 2009 Corpus Christi Caller Times The Associated Press reported on March 10 that seven employees at the Corpus Christi State School had been reported for “running their own fight club using clients.” I have been working in the worst state, Texas (50th regarding number of persons in developmental centers), to…

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Help people with disabilities and save money

March 9, 2009

March 3, 2009 The Washington Times. LETTER TO EDITOR: Help people with disabilities and save money Reading recent headlines about investing in what we need and cutting what we don’t following President Obama’s fiscal summit, I must say that I could not agree more. Some glib inferences have been made about Medicaid restructuring. More than…

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End warehousing of developmentally disabled

January 30, 2009

Jan 30, 2009 –  There are more than 45,000 people living in large, congregate institutions that are not wholly conducive to allow those they house to live independently and productively. There are an estimated 500,000 persons with developmental disabilities on waiting lists throughout the United States. There are also those on the waiting list that…

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Great Strides for People with Disabilities

March 25, 2007

Opinion Editorial .pdf Great Strides for People with Disabilities By: Robert Stack The Governor of the state of Tennessee is making great strides in the educational and disability movement. Returning from my Nashville office to our national headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, I read with great excitement the support Senator Frist extended to the Governor…

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